The Muddy Riverbank

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The Muddy Riverbank
General information
AKA Dragon's Graveyard[1]
Enemies Armoured Knights, Ghouls, Mud Knights
Music Dan's Waltz
Chronological information
Previous level 13. The River[2]
Next level 15. The Mud Slide[2]
Location on Land Map
Sir Daniel Fortesque

The Muddy Riverbank, also known as the Dragon's Graveyard,[1] is a level that was cut from MediEvil.[2] Based on the level list in the MediEvil Rolling Demo, it would have followed on from The River level and continued into The Mud Slide.[2]

The level can be accessed in the MediEvil ECTS Pre-Alpha, but only via hacking. Being a part of the game's swamp section, The Muddy Riverbank is somewhat similar to the Pools Of The Ancient Dead, but features many dragon bones and a muddy vertical section that needs to be climbed in order to exit the level. Due to the level's unfinished state, there are no enemies to fight, or items to collect. However, the level's VLO suggests that Armoured Knights were set to appear in the level.

In the MediEvil 0.28 development build, The Muddy Riverbank can be seen in an early version of the Land Map. It is located in the same position as the Lake in the final game.

According to Jason Wilson's notes, at some point in development, The Muddy Riverbank would have become accessible after collecting all shields for the Boat Man in the Pools Of The Ancient Dead.[1] This is likely after The River and The Mud Slide levels were already cut.

In promotional materials

A few scenes featuring the level appear in an old promotional trailer; Dan can be seen crossing a long wooden bridge haunted by Ghouls. Later, he is seen in an area full of dragon bones, where Armoured Knights and Mud Knights can also be encountered.

MediEvil ECTS Pre-Alpha MediEvil trailer
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MediEvil ECTS Pre-Alpha MediEvil trailer
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In the final game

Although the level didn't make it into the final game, a few of its elements were introduced into The Gallows Gauntlet level starting with development build 0.39, most notably the Dragon Gate.

MediEvil ECTS Pre-Alpha MediEvil 0.39
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MediEvil ECTS Pre-Alpha MediEvil 0.39
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MediEvil ECTS Pre-Alpha MediEvil 0.39
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Main article: Images of The Muddy Riverbank


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 MediEvil's design history by Jay Gunn Story Art.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 MediEvil Rolling Demo. Developed by SCEE Cambridge Studio. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment in September 1997.


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